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Extreme resistance in the past creating mess (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

farrago

Here is my best explanation:

'mess' is the definition.
(I have seen 'A mess' mean 'farrago' so perhaps 'mess' could also mean 'farrago')

'extreme resistance in the past' is the wordplay.
'extreme' becomes 'far' (I've seen this in other clues).
'resistance' becomes 'r' (abbreviation).
'in the past' becomes 'ago' ('ago' can be a synonym of 'in the past').
'far'+'r'+'ago'='FARRAGO'

'creating' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph